A masterpiece of voyeurism, and an ever-pertinent examination of media's weight in our identities. Bigelow's finest film to date, bar-none, and easily my favorite Ralph Fiennes performance. Cyberpunk at its best.
Ralph Fiennes as a drug dealing cop in an alternate 2000. Kathryn Bigelow’s direction is assured and confident, and far more inspired than that of her ex-husband’s. Sadly, the film is bogged down in dated imagery and ideas to the point that it hurts the film. Powerful performances and a thrilling plot are undermined by the flaws.
Dissapointing. Juliet Lewis has an ability to ruin every films she's in with her shit acting and even worse obsession for being a credible singer. Ralph Finnes and Angela Bassett are amazing however. .
Remember when the future was year 2000?
A good thriller. The sci-fi element, the drug, is only a plot device so don't search for hidden meanings as the story proceeds. A great performance from Fiennes.
I am fine when a film doesn't pontificate on its themes and subjects, esp. in a world as rich as this one. But when you feature a scene as nasty as one here without justification, that could have been layered into the film through an earlier sleazy voyeurism, it feels lazy. That aside, it's an engulfing world, better just existing than paying off its noir homage with neat conspiracies. 2.5